Liza Minnelli failed to beat her broken ankle by attending LUCIANO Pavarotti's Italian charity concert last night (27MAY03) - but sang via satellite link from her hospital bed instead.

Minnelli fell in a Bologna hotel on Sunday (25MAY03) injuring her ankle, but still hoped to keep her promise to perform at the Opera star's benefit for Iraqi refugees, before returning to hospital for an operation.

However, the 58-year-old had to content herself with a cappella version of LIZA WITH A Z performed in front of her fellow INSTITUTO RIZZOLI patients, which was broadcast via satellite link at the Modena concert.

The American CABARET star will undergo surgery today (28MAY03) and is expected to have to wear a full-leg cast for a month.

28/05/2003 20:10